Former House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) is refusing to apologize for using the racial slur "Japs" during an interview on MSNBC on Friday morning, saying people are "too politically correct."

In a phone interview Friday, King said he was making a broader point about the divisive state of today's politics. During the call, King repeated the epithet again to a reporter.

"I stand by the merits of what I said. I was quoting the guy at the end of the bar who needlessly offends, who makes snaps decisions and doesn't care, who suddenly says, 'The hell with them, the Japs and Koreans,' " King told The Hill.

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